Japanese is the LOTE (Language Other Than English) taught at Evatt School since 2014. All K-6 students in the school participate in one lesson of Japanese per week. Lessons are undertaken in our Japanese room which features Japanese style furniture and Japanese artefacts and displays.
The students learn a range of language skills from simple greetings and introductions to more complex interactions and grammatical structures in the later years. Students also participate in a variety of activities to learn about the cultural aspects of Japanese life. Students learn through songs, role plays, performances, videos and interacting with real-life Japanese materials. Students learn to read and write hiragana, a Japanese script, and are introduced to high frequency kanji characters.
In 2016 Evatt School is hosting a JTA (Japanese Teaching Assistant) from Kagoshima University who works as a volunteer in all Japanese classes. She is an asset to the school who brings an extra level of engagement to the language classes. A group of Evatt students attend the ACT Primary Schools’ Japanese Fun Day each year and enjoy participating in a wide variety of Japanese themed activities.
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (Dec 2008) emphasises the importance of Languages and especially Asian languages. Languages are included to ensure "breadth, balance and depth of learning appropriate to students’ phases of development” (p 14). The focus on the languages and cultures of Asia reflects emerging political, social and economic trends.
The Australian Curriculum priority Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia further supports the learning of Asian languages while the general capability, Intercultural Understanding is best supported through the teaching and learning of languages. – Languages Pathway Plan, ACT Government, Department of Education and Training
Students at Evatt are interested and inspired Japanese language learners who are developing a skill and desire to learn more about the world around them.